Coach Joel Quenneville joins 700-win club


CHICAGO -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville became the third NHL coach to win 700 career regular-season games on Wednesday.

Quenneville notched his 700th victory when Chicago defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Wednesday. He joined Scotty Bowman and Al Arbour in the 700-win club. Bowman, who is now a Blackhawks consultant, won 1,244 games, and Arbour had 782 victories.

Quenneville downplayed his achievement and kept the focus on his team.

“It was a good win,” Quenneville said. “I’ll take any kind of win. I certainly like everything about how we went about tonight’s game. It was a real solid team victory for us and something we’ve been trying to do against these guys all year.”

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was happy to help Quenneville reach the milestone.

“We all enjoy playing for him and are appreciative of what he brings to the table as far as a coach and coaching staff,” Keith said. “It’s nice to see him get that. That’s a lot of wins. I don’t know how long he’s been coaching for, but that’s a lot of hockey games to have won. We’re thankful he’s our coach.”

Quenneville has a career record of 700-404-77-100 in 1,280 career games.